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Tuesday, October 15th, 2019 by Amanda Waldmann
Now that the cold weather is making it hard to spend time outside, you might be feeling the squeeze with everyone inside the house all the time. But if you have a basement, the answer to your space issues could be as easy as finishing the space and spreading out. Here are five ways you could use the extra space.
An Extra Bedroom (or Two)
With the holidays approaching, you may be wondering where to put your guests that will keep them out of your hair. Or maybe you have a new teenager who just, “NEEDS SPACE, MOM.” Adding a bedroom in your basement can create a sleeping space that frees up the upper floors. Bonus - it will add value to your home in the event that you sell. Note that building code requires an egress window in a basement bedroom (don’t worry - we do that).
A Music Room
Do you have musicians in your family? Maybe your son plays the trumpet or your daughter wants to start a Screamo band. Either way, building out a music room in the basement - complete with soundproofing - means that they can exercise their creativity without tormenting your poor eardrums.
Whether you’re starting a new business, your company has offered to let you telecommute, or you’re just tired of paying bills at the kitchen table, an office makes great use of a finished basement. It’s removed from the chaos of the rest of the house and starting with the blank slate of an empty room means you can customize the space to your heart’s content.
A Home Theater
The great thing about a basement being dark is that it makes a great theater room. You don’t even need a fancy screen or a huge TV - you can just mount a projector on the ceiling and paint a wall white for a built-in big screen. If you really want to get fancy, build some platforms for in-home stadium seating.
A Rec Room
This is the place most people go when they think of finishing their basement. Depending on the size of the basement, you could put in anything from a comfortable couch and a foosball table to a whole arcade with plenty of room for sleepovers. Or, you could banish the kids from it and build the cave of your dreams.
Finishing your basement means endless potential. You could do any of the five listed ideas, or, depending on the size of the basement, more than one of them. Or you could build something else entirely. The only limit is your imagination. So get to thinking, and then call us to see how we can help put your plans into action.